When I reviewed Kelli Owen’s novel “Six Days” earlier this year, I had this to say:
Owen has set the bar very high with her debut novel, a bar I have no doubt she will be able to surpass. Her blend of human observations, horror sensibilities, and gifted prose portend great things for her in the future.
With the release of her novella “The Neighborhood” in September, you will find that she is delivering quite nicely on that potential.
The titular neighborhood in the book is Neillsville, a town so small it “doesn’t even have its own Local Weather on the 8s”. It’s the kind of small town where the idea of idyllic living is far more important, and far more real, than the living itself. The kind of town where the best-kept secrets are the ones kept out in the open for everyone to see.